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Benedict Cumberbatch ‘irritated’ by Star Trek villain mystery

- January 7th, 2013

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You have to give director J.J. Abrams credit. Despite oodles of Internet speculation, he has managed to keep the identity of the villainous character Benedict Cumberbatch plays in this summer’s Star Trek Into Darkness a secret.

Some Trekkies went into a tizzy after a trailer last month hinted at Khan, while others speculated that Cumberbatch will be playing Gary Mitchell, who appeared in the episode, Where No Man Has Gone Before.

Despite all the talk, Abrams’ secret is remarkably still safe. And it’s killing Cumberbatch.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Cumberbatch called the secrecy surrounding his role “achingly irritating.”

“Believe me, I’d rather talk about the role and the fantastic story and all the things J.J. [Abrams] has come up with. And then everyone would be as excited about the film as I am.”

Praising Abrams’ ability to keep his last film, 2011′s Super 8, under wraps, Cumberbatch added: “Mystique is rare now, isn’t it? There aren’t that many enigmas in this modern world. Myself, I quite enjoyed seeing Super 8 and not knowing the story and then being mesmerized by it … [but] we live in the modern world, which is a place of oversaturation and now people, especially Trekkies, want to know everything before they witness it themselves. It’s strange to me. I think of it as a kid having a box of chocolates and not knowing what’s good for them. They eat three and they keep eating as they get sick… and the candy is gone.”

So with that said, what do you think of Trek bosses being all mysterious about the series’ next villain? Should Abrams just reveal who Cumberbatch is playing, or do you want to be surprised when the film opens May 17? Let us know in the comments.